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West Coast Eagle player Murray Newman is set to be released from jail on parole. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian.
West Coast Eagle player Murray Newman is set to be released from jail on parole. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian.

West Coast Eagles rookie Murray Newman will be released from prison on parole next week after serving six months of a one-year jail term for a one-punch assault.

Newman has been prohibited from contact with his victim, will have to abide by the terms of a violence restraining order and must undertake counselling and programs as directed as part of the conditions of his parole.

The 20-year-old will also have to engage with Mission Australia for three months and seek approval from a community corrections officer if he wants to change his address.

Newman, who has been retained on the Eagles' rookie list since he was sent behind bars in March, was convicted of grievous bodily harm after a District Court jury rejected his claim of self defence.

The midfielder punched Brett Marris, who had slept with the player's former girlfriend, and fractured the other man's jaw during an altercation outside the Library nightclub in Northbridge in November last year.

A Prisoners Review Board decision said Newman's release would not pose an unacceptable risk to the community because of the deterrent effect of his first jail term, his limited criminal history and his confirmed employment and accommodation.

The board also noted that Newman had engaged with a psychologist before being sent to jail and his participation in voluntary programs while in custody.

The West Australian

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